Spoon feeding your lawn is the act of fertilizing your turf more frequently with smaller amounts of nitrogen per 1,000 ft2. Generally, a standard application, or full bag rate, or fertilization can be upwards of one pound (1 lb.) of Nitrogen per 1,000 ft2. Spoon feeding is applying half, or less than half of the typical rates. Somewhere between 0.1 – 0.5 lbs. of N per 1,000 ft2, applied weekly or biweekly can be considered as spoon-feeding. See below for some examples.
Spoon Feeding Kelp4Less Extreme Blend
- 1 Tablespoon per 1,000 ft2 every week, or biweekly
Spoon Feeding Milorganite
- Approximately 4 lbs. of Milorganite per 1,000 ft2 to deliver ~1/4 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1,000 ft2 every 10-14 days
Questions about how much Nitrogen is in your fertilizer? Use our free online nitrogen calculator.
Spoon feeding your lawn can be very beneficial. By applying low amounts of fertilizer and nitrogen to your lawn and soil, you can deliver smaller amounts of nutrients more frequently without worrying about excessive top-growth.
I spoon feed my front lawn every week – or two weeks depending on the weather – with Kelp4Less Extreme Blend, Humic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, and Molasses Powder. This is ideal especially as we approach the hotter summer days ahead, where you may want to cut back on you typical fertilization, or eliminate completely.
Since we’re experiencing so much rain and humidity, virtually everyone in the Northeast is experiencing some sort of lawn disease or fungus. Applying fungicides like Heritage G – which contains both azoxystrobin and propicanizole – to begin arresting the fungus is step 1. But spoon feeding the affected areas is also a great idea. You can constantly deliver small amounts of nutrients to your grass safely without stressing it out.
I hope this is a good explanation of spoon feeding! Please leave a comment below if it was helpful, or if you have anything else to add.